When Raelynn has something, such as a ball, she will not bring it to you and drop it. In fact
she runs and plays keep-away. Today we taught her Drop It and in just a few minutes she was bringing her ball to me and dropping it for a treat (and to get the ball back!). We then taught her Leave It, which she did well, too.
Rocky is so food motivated that teaching him to Wait patiently for it was not easy and took a little while, but he eventually figured it out. We also taught him to Stay, which he was able to do when we went out of sight, and even when I walked out of the door. Good job, Rocky!
Since we last saw Floyd six months ago he has transitioned from a cute, bashful puppy to a brash, energetic adolescent that barks and nips at your clothing for attention. We used the Click to Calm method to mark and reward good behaviors and to help him relax. In no time he was sitting, lying down, and offering other behaviors in order to earn rewards. We then took him outside where he barks and lunges at other dogs he is excited to meet. Again, we did Click to Calm and he quietly met two dogs, even lying down in the grass at one point. Well done, Floyd!
When Lucy gets a hold of things she shouldn't she does not release them - the scar on her owner's hand from when he tried to force a pen out of her mouth is testament to that - so tonight we taught her Drop It. We also taught her Leave It so she doesn't pick things up in the first place. Her owners than challenged Lucy and I with a roll of toilet paper, a recent favorite, and another pen. Challenge was accepted. You can guess the outcome.
Herman did great learning how to Drop It and Leave It. You usually need a second tennis ball to get Herman to drop the one he has, but after just a few minutes we had him dropping it on cue. And because there is a baby on the way it's important that Herman knows how to Leave It when he hears it, and now he does!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI